Curried Cauliflower Steaks

Curried Cauliflower Steaks

  Curried Cauliflower Steaks These are more delicious than you can imagine! Plus so simple to make and a great vegetarian/vegan meat alternative. 1 head of caulliflower (4 steaks)2 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tbsp Fused Chopped Ginger...

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Vegetable & Noodle Chow Mein

Vegetable & Noodle Chow Mein

Asian Vegetable & Noodle Chow Mein Everyone loves chow mein, especially kids, and this is my healthy vegetarian version of this classic dish. 1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Chopped Ginger (shop)1 tsp Fused Crushed Chilli (optional for spice)1 red...

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Chinese Prawn Curry

Chinese Prawn Curry

  Chinese Prawn Curry This is a great family-friendly recipe! Veg oil (for frying)1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Crushed Chilli (shop)1 tsp Fused Chopped Ginger (shop)1 onion (peeled and diced)500 g raw prawns (peeled)100 g Fused Chinese Curry Paste...

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Mixed Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura

Mixed Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura

Mixed Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura I was lucky to learn the secret to a light and crispy tempura batter while living in Japan and it’s simple! 200g shrimpsvegetable oil (for deep-frying)Cooked noodles (to serve)lemon wedges ( to serve)freshly ground sea salt (to...

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Chicken Katsu Udon Noodles

Chicken Katsu Udon Noodles

  Chicken Katsu Udon Noodles For Chicken Katsu2 chicken breastsFlour (for coating)1 egg (beaten)Panko ( for coating shop)Vegetable oil (for frying)For Udon To make the chicken katsu (breaded chicken breast)Cut the chicken breasts into a butterfly cut (this will...

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Curry Udon with Vegetables

Curry Udon with Vegetables

Curry Udon With Vegetables This is a great recipe to use up leftover curry sauce. Fiona’s homemade curry roux or Fused Katsu Curry Paste & 400ml coconut milk (Recipe for curry roux or shop for Fused products)500 ml cold water2 bundles or portions of udon noodlesA...

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Yakisoba with Mixed Vegetables

Yakisoba with Mixed Vegetables

  Yakisoba with Mixed Vegetables This is such a versatile dish that you can mix it up every time you cook it with vegetables you have in your home. 2 bundles or portions of egg or ramen noodlesVegetable oil1 medium onion (peeled and finely sliced)5 g Fused...

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Beef & Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry

Beef & Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry

  Beef & Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry This is one of my favourite, quick family meals. vegetable oilsesame oil250 g beef (sliced into strips)20 g Fused Chopped Ginger100 g carrots (peeled and cut julienne style)100 g red pepper (sliced lengthways)3-4 spring...

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Curried Cauliflower Fried Rice

Curried Cauliflower Fried Rice

  Curried Cauliflower Fried Rice Have you ever heard of cauliflower rice? Well, it’s proving to be a popular replacement for regular rice as it's filled with health benefits. 1 Medium-sized head cauliflower (green stems removed and grated or shredded into...

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Szechuan Garlic & Chilled Green Beans

Szechuan Garlic & Chilled Green Beans

  Szechuan Garlic & Chilled Green Beans This is the perfect side dish for a Chinese inspired meal at home. 300 g green beans (washed & trimmed)Vegetable oil (for frying)1 tbsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tbsp Fused Crushed Chilli (shop)1 tbsp Fused...

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A Note About Noodles

A Note About Noodles

  A Note About Noodles Noodles were originally brought to Japan from China, but Japanese people loved them so much they integrated them into the Japanese diet, and noodle dishes such as ramen can now be called national dishes. The main types of noodles are...

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Asian Style Fish & Chips

Asian Style Fish & Chips

  Asian-Style Fish & Chips I've added a Japanese twist to the traditional fish and chips to create this recipe. For Sweet Potato Chips:2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (cut into chips)2 tbsp rapeseed oil1 tsp sesame oilFreshly ground salt and pepper (for...

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Dragon Sushi Roll

Dragon Sushi Roll

  Dragon Sushi Roll This is the ultimate sushi roll. So much fun to make and so delicious! Sushi Rice (see recipe)2 sheets nori (cut in half)1 cucumber (cut in half & remove seeds)2 avocado2 tbsp caviar (optional)1 lemon8 tempura or panko prawns (shop-bought...

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How to Make Gunkan Sushi

How to Make Gunkan Sushi

How to Make Gunkan Sushi Gunkan translates as ‘Japanese warship sushi’ because its shape and appearance! Use leftover sushi rice (or the recipe here to see how to make sushi rice)Nori strips (3cm tall)Wasabi (optional)To serveFused Soy Sauce (shop)Pickled ginger...

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A Note About Bento Box

A Note About Bento Box

  One of the things I was most intrigued about when I moved to Japan was its bento culture. I was astonished by the amount of effort that Japanese people put into their packed lunches. My Japanese friend once told me that they look forward to their bento all day...

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Negima Yakitori – Chicken & Spring Onion Skewers

Negima Yakitori – Chicken & Spring Onion Skewers

  Negima Yakitori - Chicken & Spring Onion Skewers A perfect dish for the grill, indoors or outdoors! 4 chicken thighs (skin and bone removed, cut into bitesize/2-inch cubes)3 spring onions (cut into 2-inch pieces)8 wooden skewers (soaked in water for 20...

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Chicken Karaage – Japanese Fried Chicken

Chicken Karaage – Japanese Fried Chicken

  Chicken Karaage - Japanese fried chicken This is a really popular Japanese street food dish that my husband and I love. 4 chicken legs/thighs (skin and bone removed, cut into bitesize pieces)Cornflour (to coat)Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)Lemon wedges (to...

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Beef Mince & Aubergine Teriyaki (One Pot)

Beef Mince & Aubergine Teriyaki (One Pot)

  Beef Mince & Aubergine Teriyaki This is a really quick one-pot dish, which you can leave simmering while you work away on something else or just relax! 1 tbsp vegetable oil5 g Fused Chopped Ginger (shop)5 g Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)450 g good quality beef...

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A Note About Kaki – Persimmon/Sharon Fruit

A Note About Kaki – Persimmon/Sharon Fruit

  A Note About Kaki I remember collecting buckets of Persimmon fruit – also called Sharon Fruit – with the elementary school children behind the local school where I worked in Japan. It reminded me of how we pick apples here in Ireland. In the past few years, I...

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Oyako-Don – Chicken & Egg Bowl

Oyako-Don – Chicken & Egg Bowl

Oyako-Don – Chicken & Egg Bowl Oyako-Don literally translates as – parent and child rice bowl! 200 g chicken leg and/or thigh meat (skin and bone removed, cut into bite-size pieces)1 medium onion (peeled and thinly sliced)2 eggs (beaten)2 bowls of boiled rice (to...

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Onigiri with Tuna Mayo

Onigiri with Tuna Mayo

  Onigiri with Tuna Mayo I love this recipe for lunch instead of a traditional bread sandwich. It is so versatile that there are lots of variations, just change the filling. The sky is the limit! 160 g tinned tuna (in brine) (drained)1 tbsp Mayonnaise1 tsp...

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A Note About Onirigi

A Note About Onirigi

  A Note About Onigiri - Rice Balls Onigiri is Japan’s version of a sandwich. These rice balls are one of Japan’s most loved convenient foods and come in different shapes, including triangular and oval. They are mainly enjoyed as a lunch box filler and can be...

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Onigiri with Salmon Teriyaki

Onigiri with Salmon Teriyaki

Onigiri with Salmon Teriyaki Everyone loves salmon teriyaki and in this onigiri recipe, it transforms into the ultimate Japanese sandwich! 250g salmon teriyaki (recipe here)For the OnigiriCooked Japanese white rice2 rice cooker-measured cups of uncooked rice, 320gA...

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Onigiri with Fish Fingers

Onigiri with Fish Fingers

  Onigiri with Fish Fingers This is one of my boys' favourite comfort foods and a really easy lunch to make for kids. For the fish goujon300 g white fish (including cod, pollock, haddock etc)Plain white flour (for coating the fish pieces)2 eggs (beaten)Fused...

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How To Make Furikake (Japanese Dried Seasoning)

How To Make Furikake (Japanese Dried Seasoning)

  How To Make Furikake I remember large sections of Japanese supermarkets dedicated to different types of readymade furikake (Japanese Dried Seasoning). Outside Japan you can buy it in Asian speciality stores, but this simple recipe can be made in minutes at...

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Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte The only thing I love more than a Matcha Latte is an Iced Matcha Latte. Hope you enjoy! 1 tsp Matcha powder1 tbsp Maple syrup3/4 cup Coconut milkHandful of ice Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve in a tall glass.

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Melon & Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Melon & Pomegranate Fruit Salad

  Melon & Pomegranate Fruit Salad Ginger is an essential ingredient in Japanese savoury cooking, but it also adds a refreshing flavour to the syrup to flavour this simple fruit salad. 1 Whole honeydew melon (peeled and cut into bite-size cubes)1 Pomegranate...

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Chirashi Zushi – Scattered Sushi

Chirashi Zushi – Scattered Sushi

  Chirashi Zushi – scattered sushi Although sushi is usually not made in Japanese homes, this is one exception, most likely because no rolling is required for this type of sushi. It’s served in homes across Japan to celebrate the New Year and other special...

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Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi This is such a light and healthy dish. The key to its tastiness is the quality of fish you use, so make sure and go to your local fishmonger and tell them it's for sushi. 150 g Sashimi-grade salmonPickled ginger (to serve)Fused Soy Sauce (to...

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Hosomaki – Thin Sushi Roll

Hosomaki – Thin Sushi Roll

  Hosomaki – thin sushi roll I like this type of roll because it has only one ingredient inside, allowing you to enjoy the tasteof the rice, seaweed and inside ingredient all in one mouthful. Sushi rice (shop)4 Nori sheets (halved shop)Possible fillings(I’ve...

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Temaki – Sushi Hand Roll

Temaki – Sushi Hand Roll

  Temaki - sushi hand roll This is one of the most basic types of sushi rolls and takes little time to prepare. If you’re a novice to sushi making I’d recommend you start with this cone-shaped roll, as it will help build your confidence with the slightly more...

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Sushi Q & A

Sushi Q & A

  Sushi Q&A I get so many questions about sushi that I thought it would be handy to create a Q&A as a reference. Please contact me if you have any more questions! What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi? Sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish served...

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Pickled Cucumber & Seaweed Salad

Pickled Cucumber & Seaweed Salad

Pickled Cucumber & Seaweed Salad This is a refreshing side salad and is best served alongside other dishes. A handful of Irish seaweed2 cucumbers1 large carrotFor the dressing100 ml rice vinegar3 tsp sugar½ tsp salt Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a...

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Korroke – Curried Potato Croqutte

Korroke – Curried Potato Croqutte

Korroke - curried potato croquettes All types of Korroke are popular in Japan and often found in shop-bought or homemade bentos. Vegetable oil1 Small onion (peeled and finely diced)400 g Potatoes (boiled and mashed)1 tbsp Curry powderFlour (for coating)1 egg...

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Tofu & Veg Stir-Fry with Glorious Ginger

Tofu & Veg Stir-Fry with Glorious Ginger

Tofu & Veg Stir-Fry with Glorious Ginger I love stir-fries because they are something you can throw together after a busy day at work with leftover vegetables from the fridge. Vegetable oilSesame oil1 tsp Fused Chopped Ginger (shop )1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic...

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Tonkatsu – fried panko pork

Tonkatsu – fried panko pork

  Tonkatsu – fried panko pork Tonkatsu is usually served with tonkatsu sauce drizzled over it and a shredded-cabbage and tomatoside salad. 2 Pork chops/cutletsSalt and pepper (to season)Plain flour (for coating)1 Egg (beaten)Panko (for coating)Vegetable oil (for...

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Pork Katsu Sando – Breaded Pork Sandwich

Pork Katsu Sando – Breaded Pork Sandwich

Pork Katsu Sando This is one of my favourite sandwiches – pork katsu in between slices of bread is so delicious! For the Pork KatsuSlices of Pork Tonkatsu (Recipe for Pork Tonkatsu (fried panko pork) )For the sandwich Make Pork Tonkatsu as per my recipe here and cut...

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A Note About Tofu

A Note About Tofu

  A Note About Tofu Tofu is a soybean product which is low in calories yet high in protein and calcium. The quality and taste of some of the packed tofu available in the West are poor and some tofu products are made from genetically modified soybeans, so make...

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Hiyayakko – Cold Tofu Salad

Hiyayakko – Cold Tofu Salad

  Hiyayakko – cold tofu salad Fresh tofu can be eaten cold straight from the fridge and it was one of the first Japanese dishes I prepared at home. 1 pack of cold silken tofu ((preferably GM free))1 thumb-size piece of ginger (freshly grated)A handful of spring...

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Japanese Style Oysters

Japanese Style Oysters

Japanese-Style Oysters In Ireland, we are blessed with an abundance of amazing oysters and this dish is my twist on how to serve them with a Japanese granish. 12 fresh oysters2 lemons (freshly squeezed)beni shoga (pickled red ginger) (finely chopped)shichimi togarashi...

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Ebi Furai – Fried Panko Prawns

Ebi Furai – Fried Panko Prawns

  Ebi Furai – Fried Panko Prawns This recipe can be served as a main meal alongside a side salad of shredded cabbage with tomato and boiled rice. Alternatively, it can be served as a finger food when entertaining at home. 12 large uncooked prawnsplain flour (to...

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Prawn Tempura Goujons

Prawn Tempura Goujons

  Prawn Tempura Goujons I think this dish is an easy transition dish into the world of Japanese food. I love this recipe because it's versatile. 400 g large king prawns vegetable oil (for frying)Tempura Dipping Sauce1 cup water1 tsp dashi stock (instant or...

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A Note About Matcha

A Note About Matcha

  A Note About Matcha Matcha is a 'superfood drink' due to its health benefits, such as aiding weight loss, aiding digestion, relieving stress and anxiety, boosting energy levels, controlling food cravings and its high levels of antioxidants. I was...

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How to Make Matcha Tea At Home

How to Make Matcha Tea At Home

  How to Make Matcha Tea at Home This is my version of the Japanese hot drink that is not as concentrated as the traditional one so I think it is much easier to drink and, in fact, delicious! Green Tea powderBoiling water Put a quarter of a teaspoon of green tea...

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How to Make a Matcha Latte

How to Make a Matcha Latte

  How to Make a Matcha Latte This creamy alternative latte is one of my favourite hot drinks! 1 teaspoon Matcha powder1 tbsp Maple syrup1 tablespoon Hot water3/4 cup Fused Coconut Milk (shop) In a large cup/mug, mix together the matcha, maple syrup and hot water...

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Okonomiyaki – Japanese Style Pancake

Okonomiyaki – Japanese Style Pancake

  Okonomiyaki - Japanese-style pancake Okonomiyaki is a popular street food in Japan. 250 g savoy cabbage (finely shredded)2 spring onions (finely cut diagonally)100 g plain flour4 eggs200 ml dashi (instant or homemade)vegetable oil6-8 slices of bacon/rashers,...

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Pandan Swiss Roll

Pandan Swiss Roll

Pandan Swiss Roll This is just such a delicious dessert that I discovered for the first time when I met a Chinese lady at a party my sister was hosting. Now, it's a firm favourite that I have made for lots of parties. 4 eggs (preferably free-range or organic, at...

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How to Make Pandan Extract

How to Make Pandan Extract

  How to Make Pandan Extract Pandan is a leaf that's often called the vanilla of Southeast Asia. It has a beautiful smell and adds flavour and colour to dishes.  Fresh pandan leavesWater Wash the pandan leaves and cut off any parts that don't look fresh.Chop...

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Steamed Seabass with Glorious Ginger & Spring Onion

Steamed Seabass with Glorious Ginger & Spring Onion

  Steamed Seabass with Glorious Ginger & Spring Onion This is such a simple Chinese dish, but so delicious we have it regularly at home. 1 Whole seabass1 Thumb-size piece ginger (peeled and thinly sliced into strips)4 Spring onions (sliced into strips)2 tbsp...

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Saba Shioyaki – Grilled Salted Mackerel

Saba Shioyaki – Grilled Salted Mackerel

  Saba Shioyaki - Grilled Salted Mackerel This dish reminds me a little of Portuguese salted sardines. Traditionally, Saba Shioyaki is grilled, but I prefer to pan-fry it. 2 fresh mackerel filletssea salt, (freshly ground)vegetable oilTo servesoy saucefreshly...

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Chinese Chicken Curry

Chinese Chicken Curry

  Chinese Chicken Curry 1 tbsp preferred oil (olive oil, coconut oil, veg oil)1 tsp Fused chopped garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused crushed chilli (shop)1 tsp Fused chopped ginger (shop)4 chicken breasts (cut into cubes)1 onion (peeled and thinly sliced)100 g Fused...

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Pan Fried Edamame with Garlic & Chilli

Pan Fried Edamame with Garlic & Chilli

  Pan Fried Edamame with Garlic & Chilli 2 tbsp Fused chopped garlic (shop)1 tbsp Fused crushed chilli (shop)Pack of frozen/cooked edamame (defrosted)Oil (for frying ) Heat the oil on a non stick frying pan or wok on a high heat. Add the garlic and chilli....

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Thai Prawn Green Curry

Thai Prawn Green Curry

  Thai Prawn Green Curry 1 tbsp preferred oil (olive oil, coconut oil, veg oil)1 tsp Fused chopped garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused crushed chilli (shop)1 tsp Fused chopped ginger (shop)400 g large prawns1 onion (peeled and thinly sliced)1 carrot (peeled and thinly...

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Chicken Katsu Curry From Scratch

Chicken Katsu Curry From Scratch

Here’s my foolproof recipe if you fancy making a Chicken Katsu Curry from scratch at home! This is one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook "Japanese Food Made Easy" Chicken Katsu Curry From Scratch For the chicken katsu4 chicken breasts Flour (for coating)2...

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Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice

Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice

This is the perfect mid week meal to use leftover vegetables in the fridge. Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice Vegetable oil (for frying)1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Chopped Ginger (shop)1 tsp Fused Crushed Chilli (optional, shop)2 chicken breasts (cut into...

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice Vegetable oil (for frying )1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Crushed Chilli (shop)1 red onion (peeling & finely sliced)Half red pepper (roughly chopped)Half green pepper (roughly chopped)Handful of mushrooms (peeled and sliced)2...

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Gilmar’s Homemade Burger

Gilmar’s Homemade Burger

Gilmar's Homemade Burger 4 tbsp ketchup2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce1 tbsp sake or red wine1 tbsp Fused soy sauce1 egg300 g good quality beef minceFew handfuls panko or regular breadcrumbsVegetable oil To Serve4 bunsMayonnaise1 tomato (sliced)4 slices edam cheese 4...

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Tuna & Mango Tataki Salad

Tuna & Mango Tataki Salad

  Tuna & Mango Tataki Salad Mixed sesame seeds to coat the tunaSalt and pepper to season the tuna100 g fresh tuna steak/loinVegetable oilA few handfuls of mixed salad leaves1 ripened mango peeled and cut into stripsFor the dressing:2 teaspoons Fused Clever...

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Chicken & Veg Stir Fry

Chicken & Veg Stir Fry

This is a quick and healthy recipe choice perfect for using leftovers in the fridge. Chicken & Veg Stir Fry Vegetable oil (for frying )1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Crushed Chilli (shop)2 chicken breasts (cut into bitesize pieces)1 tablespoon sake...

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Lamb Skewers in a Satay Sauce

Lamb Skewers in a Satay Sauce

This lamb recipe is bursting with flavour and works well on the BBQ or in the oven. It is a fantastic recipe to celebrate the good weather over the summer months. BBQ lamb skewers in a satay sauce 500 g lamb shoulder (cut into cubes)Mix vegetables (cut into cubes)4...

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Sweet Potato Fries & Cheeky Chilli Soy

Sweet Potato Fries & Cheeky Chilli Soy

This recipe is a quick & healthy way to eat sweet potatoes as a snack or as a side dish to a main meal. Fused Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce adds a delicious flavour to the sweet potato chips. You can use the oven or an air fryer for this recipe. I love Strong Roots...

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Homemade Matcha Lemonade

Homemade Matcha Lemonade

Here's my homemade lemonade recipe with a Japanese twist with added matcha. If you don't have matcha at home don't worry the recipe still works without it. Homemade Matcha Lemonade 200 g sugar200 ml cold water4 large fresh lemons1 litre of cold water1 tsp matcha...

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How to Make Maki Sushi

How to Make Maki Sushi

  Maki Sushi For the sushi rice ingredients and instructions follow the link hereYou'll needSushi mat (per person)4 nori sheetsSushi FillingsOption 1Cooked prawns ((pull to straighten))Avocado (cut into strips)Fused chopped gingerOption 2Tinned tuna mixed...

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Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry

Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry

If you are looking for a subtle flavour Fused Glorious Ginger adds a delicious depth of flavour. If you prefer a little spice in your stir fry then Fused Cheeky Chilli will work perfectly. Fused Clever Classic is great for all the family especially the littles ones. I...

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Homemade Pancakes With Matcha

Homemade Pancakes With Matcha

  Homemade Pancakes With Matcha 250 ml buttermilk1 egg180 g flour1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder) (optional)1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon bread sodaVegetable oil (for frying)Toppings (savoury and sweet)Bacon, smoked salmon, tomato, mushroom, selection...

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Chirashi Sushi – scattered sushi

Chirashi Sushi – scattered sushi

This is the perfect recipe to get familiar with the key ingredients used to make sushi without the pressure of rolling sushi! Chirashi Sushi is a colourful and fun way to enjoy the delicious ingredients used in sushi by mixing them through the rice and on top of the...

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Nikujaga – Japanese Style Stew

Nikujaga – Japanese Style Stew

This recipe takes inspiration from my time living in rural Japan and was one of my favourite dishes to make back then. Nikujaga - Japanese Style Stew Vegetable oil1 large onion (peeled & roughly chopped)250 g beef mince (good quality)1 tablespoon Fused Chopped...

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Matcha Cupcake Recipe

Matcha Cupcake Recipe

  Matcha Cupcakes For the cupcake mix2 eggs (preferably free range)100 g soft butter150 g caster sugar125 ml milk200 g self raising flour1 tsp matcha powderFor the matcha icing200 g icing sugar2 tbsp matcha100 g soft butter cubes20 ml milk Preheat a fan oven to...

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Shichimi Togarashi Lamb Kofta Kebab

Shichimi Togarashi Lamb Kofta Kebab

For this recipe the lamb meat is seasoned with one of my favourite Japanese seasonings called shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice) and served with a natural yoghurt dip. Shichimi togarashi goes really well with all types of meat including chicken and beef but...

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Chicken or Prawn Gyoza

Chicken or Prawn Gyoza

  Chicken or Prawn Gyoza You’ll need25-30 gyoza skins (also called wrappers)Bowl of water for sealing the dumplingsVegetable oil (for frying)80 ml cold water (for steaming)Sesame oil (to season)Ingredients for the filling200 g minced chicken (or prawn)100 g Asian...

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A note about Irish Seaweed & Japanese Seaweed (Kaiso)

A note about Irish Seaweed & Japanese Seaweed (Kaiso)

If you fancy adding seaweed to your store cupboard ingredients it's stocked in fishmongers, health stores, larger supermarkets and Asian markets. There are also some wonderful Irish seaweed companies selling their products online including Wild Irish Sea Veg, This is...

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Edamame Snack

Edamame Snack

  Edamame Snack Edamame BeansSea SaltFused Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce (optional, shop here) How to cook frozen pre-cooked edamame?Place them in a large bowl and completely cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then drain. Note: Fresh raw edamame should...

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Udon Noodles & Pork Meatballs

Udon Noodles & Pork Meatballs

There's a bit of effort required for this udon noodle recipe but I gaurantee you it's worth the effort! This recipe came about with a little luck using ingredients I had at home to make a last-minute lunch. Generally Chinese dumplings would be added to this type of...

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Kimchi fried rice topped with a fried egg

Kimchi fried rice topped with a fried egg

  Kimchi fried rice topped with a fried egg Vegetable oil1 tsp Fused Chopped Garlic (shop)1 tsp Fused Chopped Ginger (shop)50 g kimchi2 spring onions (roughly chopped)2 portions cooked riceFused Clever Classic soy sauce (shop)Sesame oil2 eggs In a non-stick...

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Chicken Miso Ramen

Chicken Miso Ramen

  Chicken Miso Ramen 2 chicken breasts (butterfly cut)1 tbsp sake (optional)1 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp Fused Soy Sauce (shop)1 litre chicken stock (recipe here)2 packs egg/ramen noodles (roughly 400g)3 tbsp Fused White Miso Paste (shop )Few fresh shiitake mushroom/...

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Persimmon Fruit Tart (Kaki Tart)

Persimmon Fruit Tart (Kaki Tart)

Persimmon Fruit Tart (Kaki Tart) The persimmon and white chocolate cream in this recipe are a match made in heaven! Puff pastry (shop bought and pre-rolled (320g puff pastry makes 9 servings))5 persimmon fruit (about half a persimmon fruit per serving)Brown sugar (to...

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Matcha Swiss Roll

Matcha Swiss Roll

  Matcha Swiss Roll 4 eggs (at room temperature)100 g caster sugar100 g plain flour1 tbsp matcha powderFor the filling250 ml whipped cream for fillingicing sugar for dustingYou’ll need Swiss roll tin (10” x 15” or 13” x 9”) Preheat a fan oven to 180ºC.Whisk the...

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Sake Cosmopolitan Recipe

Sake Cosmopolitan Recipe

  Sake Cosmo 90 ml sake30 ml Cointreau30 ml lime juice90 ml cranberry juicemint leaves (to garnish) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the liquid ingredients and mix well together until well chilled.Serve in a cocktail/martini glass and garnish with...

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A note about Japanese Rice (the sacred grain)

A note about Japanese Rice (the sacred grain)

The first thing to learn before you start cooking Japanese food at home is how to wash and cook Japanese rice properly. Click here to see my post on washing and cooking Japanese rice. There's also a separate post on how to make sushi rice. To understand the importance...

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What is Dashi?

What is Dashi?

Dashi is a type of cooking stock used as a base for soups and other dishes in Japanese cuisine. It is surprisingly easy to make compared to stocks here in the West. The secret to a good Japanese stock/broth is to use ingredients filled with umami – ‘the fifth taste’....

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How To Make Dashi

How To Make Dashi

Kombu & Shiitake Dashi (Kelp & Shiitake stock) Makes 1 litre Ingredients: 1 litre water 20g dried kombu (kelp)  – a piece about the size of a postcard 3 dried shiitake mushrooms Instructions: 1 Put 1 litre of cold water in a large saucepan. 2 Add the kombu and...

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Sticky Soy Chicken Wings

Sticky Soy Chicken Wings

There are no leftovers when these sticky soy chicken wings are cooked at home. They are great on the BBQ or in the oven. This Asian style marinade can be prepped in advance so it's the perfect dish to serve when entertaining at home. Sticky Soy Chicken Wings 500 g...

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Matcha ice-cream

Matcha ice-cream

This is one of my favourite summer recipes, it’s quick and easy to make at home. You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe and it takes about five minutes to make. So give it a try and I’m sure you’ll be experimenting with different flavoured ice creams once...

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How to cook Japanese rice (rice cooker & pot)

How to cook Japanese rice (rice cooker & pot)

Japanese rice can be used to accompany a meal or to make sushi rice. See more about making sushi rice here. Japanese rice is a short-grain rice that has to be washed in a particular way to remove the excess starch. To get the perfect bowl of rice follow the steps...

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How to Make Sushi Rice

How to Make Sushi Rice

Making sushi at home is so much fun and has the added benefit of being more economical and super fresh. Once you follow my step by step instructions you'll master this recipe and impress your friends and family! How to make sushi rice For the rice:320 grams Japanese...

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Salmon Poke Bowl

Salmon Poke Bowl

Poke bowls have become trendy and I'm not complaining! It's basically a deconstructed sushi roll. So it's filled with healthy ingredients, really easy to make and there's lots of room to get creative and use your favourite toppings. Salmon Poke Bowl 4 portions of...

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Miso Soup with Tofu & Spring Onion

Miso Soup with Tofu & Spring Onion

  Miso Soup with Tofu & Spring Onion 1 litre water (dashi)Block of tofu (drained & cut into cubes)2 spring onions (finely sliced)1 tbsp dried wakame (optional)2 - 3 tbsp Fused White Miso Paste (shop)Fused Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce and/or Shichimi Togarashi...

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Japanese Style Homemade Chicken Stock

Japanese Style Homemade Chicken Stock

The past few years has seen an increasing interest in bone broths due to their amazing health benefits. This recipe is similar to a standard chicken stock recipe but I’ve added a few ingredients to give a Japanese flavour and umami to the stock, including kombu (kelp)...

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Homemade Edamame Hummus

Homemade Edamame Hummus

Apart from eating them directly from the pods, there are lots of different ways that you can use edamame, such as tossing the beans into salads and stir-fries. This recipe is one of my favourite ways to use edamame. You’ll need a pestle and mortar and a blender to...

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Teriyaki Burger

Teriyaki Burger

It's really worthwhile making burgers from scratch at home as you can add the level of seasoning that you prefer and you know exactly what ingredients have been added to the meat. Above all they are so tasty and you can freeze some for a busier day! Teriyaki Burger...

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Salmon Teriyaki

Salmon Teriyaki

Everyone loves this salmon teriyaki recipe so it's perfect for a family meal – it’s one of the most talked about recipes at my cooking classes. The perfect combination of flavours in the salmon and the sweet teriyaki sauce make this an all-time favourite in households...

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Homemade Granola With Matcha

Homemade Granola With Matcha

This is a great way to start your day with the power of matcha (green powder tea), an ingredient I was introduced to in Japan. Matcha slowly releases caffeine compared to coffee. I've recently tried this recipe with another superfood "turmeric" and it works just as...

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Pan Fried Seabass & Glorious Ginger

Pan Fried Seabass & Glorious Ginger

  Pan Fried Seabass & Glorious Ginger This is my go-to recipe when I have little time to prepare a healthy meal at home. 2 Fillets of seabass2 tbsp flour (to coat fish (optional))Fused Glorious Ginger Soy Sauce (shop)Vegetable oil (for frying)To...

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